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carabiner

or kar·a·bi·ner

[kar-uh-bee-ner]
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noun
  1. a D-shaped ring with a spring catch on one side, used for fastening ropes in mountaineering.
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Origin of carabiner

1915–20; < Austrian German Karabiner, shortening of German Karabinerhaken carbine hook, equivalent to Karabiner (< French carabine carbine + German -er -er1) + Haken hook1; it was originally used to fasten carbines to bandoleers
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British Dictionary definitions for karabiner

karabiner

noun
  1. mountaineering a metal clip with a spring for attaching to a piton, belay, etcAlso called: snaplink, krab
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Word Origin

shortened from German Karabinerhaken, literally: carbine hook, that is, one used to attach carbines to a belt

carabiner

noun
  1. a variant spelling of karabiner
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Word Origin and History for karabiner

n.

coupling device, 1932, shortened from German karabiner-haken "spring hook."

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